(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by DISNEY-HYPERION on May 3rd 2016
Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.
These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.
Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.
But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.
I can’t remember the last time I read a book set in Hawaii—if ever. Summer and beach reads are a guilty pleasure—add in a spice of drama, and I’m all there. I couldn’t wait to dive into this story (pun totally intended) and soak up the sandy beaches of Hawaii vicariously through Sloane.
To say the book began with a bang is an understatement. The first chapter was a whirlwind of emotions, many of which I cannot even imagine feeling. Though, if escaping to Hawaii had been an option, I might have been more willing to endure the trials. Sloane had to deal with the betrayal of her best friend and boyfriend all in one sweep—as in they had cheated behind her back. I learned more about their friendship through the words not said and the texts and emails deleted. Did I think it childish for Sloane to ignore them? No, not really. She had a lot to process, and if my boyfriend had knocked up my best friend, I doubt I’d be too forgiving either. Tyler and Mick showed the worst side of Sloane and pushed her to the nitty gritty, even unlikeable points.
My favorite character in the novel was Finn. He had just the right amount of bad boy and charming smile to make me swoon—plus, who doesn’t love tattoos? The moments when Sloane showed her most likeable side were when she was with Finn or his little sister. Their relationship was fun and exciting, but it had some depth to it, too. Without a doubt, I knew whom I wanted her to end up with.
It wasn’t my favorite beach read, but I definitely enjoyed escaping to Hawaii for a couple hundred pages. While the story didn’t capture me like I would have hoped, I would return to this world and some of the characters. I still have questions regarding what will happen next.